Greater Wellington is urging dog owners to keep their dogs away from the Hutt River and Wellington Harbour beaches until staff have checked these areas for dead possums poisoned with 1080.
Recent heavy rain during Tuesday 31 May 2022 may have washed dead possums, poisoned with 1080, down the Hutt River and into Wellington Harbour. This is as a result of a possum control operation on Friday 27 May 2022 in the Kaitoke Regional Park and the Hutt Water Collection Area.
Warning signs are being erected and beaches checked from Petone through to Pencarrow. Once the level of the Hutt River has gone down, both sides will be checked for possum carcasses from Te Marua to Petone.
This warning to dog owners could be in place for up to four months, depending on how long it takes for the possum carcasses to breakdown.
If dogs have any contact with a dead possum in the vicinity of those risk areas, owners should get their dog to vomit and take it to a vet urgently.
For more information on this operation and the precautions you can take to ensure safety for you and your pets visit http://www.gw.govt.nz/1080ops/